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Do You Want To Send Your Neighbor’s Green With Envy?

Do you ever wonder what your neighbors think of your home? Believe me, they are looking. They might subtly suggest that the weather’s nice enough to trim the grass. That’s their way of saying that yours is a little too long and it’s making their home look bad. Or, potentially, they could notice a lovely colorful new array of flowers in your garden. They could ask where you bought the seeds or what your secret is for getting them to sprout so beautifully. Sometimes we want to impress our neighbors and other times we want to beat them to see who can have the prettiest home.

This could be simply to make sure that your property is the crown jewel on the street. Or, perhaps it’s because you’re selling and you don’t want attention taken away from your house by other homes in the area.

This is all about curb appeal, and we have some fantastic tips for you.

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Going Green

It’s a big change, but you might want to consider adding solar panels to your roof. Solar panels have been a big deal for companies and businesses for years, helping them save money. You can find more from Big Dog Solar Energy about this and discover the benefits of a feature for companies. Or, you can start to look at the new trend where homeowners are getting in on the action. Yes, homeowners can now invest in solar panels as well, getting the energy saving solution they need and the home redesign they want. With solar panels, your home roof will look fantastic and modern. The energy saving is really just a bonus.

Get A Carport

Don’t worry, all the ideas aren’t quite this grand, but a carport could be a fantastic option. With a carport, you can add an exciting new feature to the front of your property and will have a practical purpose. With a carport, you can protect your vehicle from the worst of the elements. However, it’s also consider a luxurious build. So, if you want to upscale your home, this could definitely be the right choice for you.

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Invest In Landscaping

You can think about using a professional landscaper to keep your garden looking lush and lovely. People will often hire a landscaper if they are thinking about selling to make sure that their yard makes a tremendous first impression. However, this can be an expensive service so you will need to think carefully about whether it’s worth the charge. The cost will typically depend on what you want to do. Tidying up the grass and making it green won’t cost a fortune. But altering the levels and layers of your yard definitely will.

Go Astro

Finally, if you want to cheat, you can think about investing in astroturf. Similar to solar panels it’s a concept that started off as a commercial choice but was ultimately embraced by homebuyers, and you can see why. With astroturf, you will have gorgeous lush green grass no matter what the weather is like outside.

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#FridayFavorite: Scandinavian Welcome Light

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of October! Where has it gone? The nights are getting longer and the temps are getting colder. Winter is on its way, which is hard to believe! Wisconsin Winters are no joke. Lots of snow, sub-zero temps and very dark days. I wanted to share one of my new favorite items to help light up your house and welcome visitors during the darkest of days…. a Scandinavian welcome light.

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In Scandinavia the Winters are extremely long and dark; it is tradition to shine lights in house windows to welcome visitors and add warmth to the house. I found this carved wood light at a local Scandinavian gift shop and fell in love with it. It can be hung, by hook, in your front window.  It’s a beautiful addition for the holidays but can be kept up all year round. I’ll probably find a spot for it over my nativity scene for the holidays and keep it up well after the Christmas decorations are put away.

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The maker of this light is light is Kron-Lume by Nordic Connection. Check out their selection of Nordic imports. This is a great find and will bring us happiness and a warm glow on a Cold and dark Wisconsin night. Enjoy! It’s this week’s Friday Favorite!

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#FridayFavorite: Beanbag Door Stopper

This week’s #FridayFavorite is both cute and functional! I found this adorable Open Door Decor beanbag door stopper at a boutique in Door County, WI. (Vacation shopping trips are so much fun!) The boutique owner told me that these are by far her best seller. She just can’t keep them in stock. The coolest thing about these door stoppers, when they aren’t in use, they can be hung on the door handle. Super clever!

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I found Pavilion Gift Company online and they have a ton of cute designs to choose from. My doorstop definitely fits our house, “Welcome to our loud crazy fun home“. We definitely fit that description —at least everyone but me. 🙂

Pavilion also has a nice selection of door draft stoppers with some fun sayings. I say check it out! It is this week’s House Fenway #FridayFavorite!

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